Sun-hotYou can grow anything, anywhere, at any time. You can, if you have unlimited resources which so few of us do.
In southern Nevada, we have virtually unlimited sunshine, but little else.

Very little water, excessive heat, and strong winds, we do have.

That does not mean one is stuck with no garden, even in the Mojave.

Success with plants in the desert depends mainly on preparation and time, and less on spending large amounts of money. Read more!

Hops flowersLocally grown hops research has been ongoing for the past three years at Cooperative Extension’s Research Center and Demonstration Orchard in North Las Vegas.

Large regional breweries use hops in brewing to add a bittering agent flavor that is very popular.

Hops are the flowers (also called cones or strobili) of the hop plant Humulus lupulus. They are used primarily to stabilize the beer and add either bitter, zesty or citric flavors.

The hops are grown on three bines on a rope. Volunteers manage the ropes to be sure that only three bines emerge.


4-H Camp SignCooperative Extension Southern Area’s 4-H overnight camp is being held at the Nevada State 4-H Camp at beautiful Lake Tahoe from July 23 – 28. Registration is open to campers between the ages of 9-15 until the camp is full. 4-H Membership is required. (Membership is free, please request applications by placing Club: needed on the pre-enrollment form.)

This year’s camp utilizes the 4-H Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (S.T.E.M.) program.  During the six days, campers will participate in activities centering on nature, healthy lifestyles, robotics, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), rocketry, history, dramatic arts, leadership, creative arts, and much more.

Visit the website for all of the details!

Photo of handfull of soilIf you’ve gardened in other parts of the country and then tried to garden here, you’ve noticed that the soil is different.

Our Mojave soils are infertile, salty and alkaline – fine for desert natives – but not good for much else.

If you’re curious about the soil in your yard, Angela O’Callaghan, social horticulturist, will help you analyze your soil.

For this hands-on class all participants are asked to bring a bag of soil from their yard to test.

Due to the hands-on nature of this class, class size is limited. Homeowners and other interested parties are welcome to attend.